One of the strangest books I‘ve ever read, and I read some weird stuff! In it, a fungal plague has killed all of the women, leaving only men. The story follows a small band of men in a village who come into contact with new life - mushroom women who emerge from the graves of those lost. This was VERY weird and very disturbing, but it‘s brilliant and the writing is stellar - absolutely LOVED this novella!
Women die out from a fungus disease, but come back in a sense as mushroom women. The main character, Nathan, is the story-teller of what's left of the men and he brings these mushroom women back to the group to bizarre and disturbing results. A post-apocalyptic, gender-bending horror tale. With mushrooms.
Literary-horror-scifi-dystopia in which women have succumbed to some kind of sickness. The men in a small camp are left behind, forging a life, trying to hang on to the memories. Nature finds a way to fill the void. Mushrooms are involved. Really well written and genuinely unsettling.
I am a dandelion clock. One breath from Ted and I am scattered.
"Dandelion," I say.
"Thoughts fly if you breathe too hard. The rules are a shout but the story is a sigh. This way they keep their shape, and only bend in the breeze."
On the bus on my way to a job interview. Plus side: get to sneak in a little reading time with this strange and wonderful little book.
Just finished The Beauty and it's an odd story. It takes place in the Valley of the Rocks, a secluded region where the Group lives.The Group are people that were sick of city life and wanted to return to a simpler time. That works for a while, but then all the women die. The story begins when Nate, the Group's storyteller, rips up his mother's photo and mushrooms grow on the graves of the women. This story is classified as #Horror but I loved it.
🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤This is the weirdest thing I‘ve ever read. A blurb on the back is the best description I think. “The brilliant gender-bending, post-apocalyptic horror fable the world needs right now. This book messed me up in the best way possible.” #sogood #love #canteven #genderbender #discoverthebeauty #brilliant
Weird and engaging. Like that feeling of distasteful, thrilling fixation you get from Geek Love (not nearly as brilliant but what is). All the women have died years before and a strange fungus growing on their graves bloom into living women-shaped amalgamations of men's idea of women -- mother, lover, a thing to perhaps fear and revile all in one. Should be done in an hour. I'm reserving judgement.
The writing is lovely and it‘s clear Whiteley is a poet. There‘s a lot to unpack in this little book re: gender roles, motherhood, and how men view women — if you can get past the “what the f*ck?!” stage. The premise is disturbing, amusing and can sometimes distract from the wider themes. The premise = Day of the Triffids meets feminism meets bad sci-fi porn 😂 (There may be a wider commentary there on speculative fiction in general)
Super weird, disturbing, and very well-written. This book unfolds in a small, isolated community after a pandemic has killed all of the world's women and the men are left to determine how to live in the aftermath. One day, Nate, the community's young storyteller, finds that mushrooms are growing from the bodies of the dead women, and things get crazier from there. This is an unsettling story that packs a lot of plot and meaning into 99 pages.